Family History - People and Places

Ref: C3672102

The world of Family History never seems to stand still so our course is ideal to help you keep up to date on the latest records, to go online and any changes to access (whether physical or digital). We also try to appreciate the factors affecting printed and archival material so that we can make good use of these resources to develop Local and Family History projects. Our new topics this term may be instantly helpful or perhaps something that you’ll come back to in the future. There is always some time for questions, queries and help with problems whether to locate ancestors, how to track descendants, which website to use or manipulating search fields. Likewise sharing of ideas and experiences motivates everyone to delve deeper. Optional visits and guest speakers are arranged and new course members are always welcome.

Course aim

To promote Family and Local History research by learning new records, sharing discoveries and updating on sources. To work with Parliamentary Archives, Protestation Returns, 1939 Register, palaeography and census returns.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Decipher four family surnames in the 1642 Protestation Returns for two areas of personal interest
  • Explain why this list was made and confirm having searched for other places catalogued in Portcullis
  • Present a comparison of the four surnames deciphered above in the 1939 Register, using the same locations
  • Write a short description of the 1939 Register and list four instances where it can help personal research
  • Display or develop the results of analysing at least three adjacent pages of two Census years showing employment, migration and a route map

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook and folder is useful, maybe a magnifying glass or coloured overlay.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Support Family and Local History organisations through journal articles and membership.

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Family History - People and Places


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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